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Epistle to Sir George Howland Beaumont, Bart. From the South-West Coast of Cumberland.-1811
Upon perusing the foregoing Epistle thirty Years after its Composition
Liberty. (Sequel to the above.) [Addressed to a Friend; the Gold and Silver Fishes having
been removed to a Pool in the Pleasure-ground of Rydal Mount]
The Gleaner. (Suggested by a Picture.)
Once I could hail (howe'er serene the sky)
To the Lady Fleming, on seeing the Foundation preparing for the Erection of Rydal Chapel,
Goody Blake and Harry Gill. A true Story
Prelude, prefixed to the Volume entitled "Poems chiefly of Early and Late Years."
To a Child. Written in her Album
Lines written in the Album of the Countess of Lonsdale. Nov. 5, 1834
In the Grounds of Coleorton, the Seat of Sir George Beaumont, Bart., Leicestershire
Written at the Request of Sir George Beaumont, Bart., and in his Name, for an Urn, placed by
him at the Termination of a newly-planted Avenue, in the same Grounds
For a Scat in the Groves of Coleorton.
Written with a Pencil upon a Stone in the Wall of the House (an Out-house), on the Island
The massy Ways, carried across these heights
Inscriptions supposed to be found in and near a Hermit's Cell
Written with a Slate Pencil on a Stone, on the Side of the Mountain of Black Comb
Written with a Slate Pencil upon a Stone, the largest of a Heap lying near a deserted Quarry
upon one of the Islands at Rydal
1.- Hopes what are they?—Beads of morning
II.-Pause, Traveller! whosoe'er thou be
III.-Hast thou seen with flash incessant
For the Spot where the Hermitage stood on St. Herbert's Island, Derwent-water
Destined to war from very infancy
O flower of all that springs from gentle blood,
Not without heavy grief of heart did He
Pause, courteous Spirit !-Balbi supplicates
By a blest Husband guided, Mary came
Six months to six years added he remained
Inscription for a Monument in Crosthwaite Church, in the Vale of Keswick
just read in a Newspaper that the Dissolution of Mr. Fox was hourly expected
Lines written on a Blank Leaf in a Copy of the Author's Poem "The Excursion,” upon hearing
Epitaph in the Chapel-yard of Langdale, Westmoreland
Address to the Scholars of the Village School of
Elegiac Stanzas, suggested by a Picture of Peele Castle in a Storm, painted by Sir George
Elegiac Verses, in Memory of my Brother, John Wordsworth, Commander of the E.I. Company's
Ship the Earl of Abergavenny, in which he perished by Calamitous Shipwreck, Feb. 6, 1805 435
Lines composed at Grasmere, during a Walk one Evening, after a stormy Day, the Author having
of the Death of the late Vicar of Kendal
Elegine Stanzas. Addressed to Sir G. H. B., upon the Death of his Sister-in-Law
Elegiac Musings in the Grounds of Coleorton Hall, the Seat of the late Sir G. H. Beaumont, Bart. 438
Written after the Death of Charles Lamb.
Extempore Effusion upon the Death of James Hogg
XII. Imagination and Taste, how impaired and restored
XIII. Imagination and Taste, how impaired and restored (concluded)
VI. The Church-yard among the Mountains
VII. The Church-yard among the Mountains (continued)
IX. Discourse of the Wanderer, and an Evening Visit to the Lake
Preface to the Second Edition of several of the foregoing Poems, published, with an additional
Volume, under the Title of "Lyrical Ballads
Essay, Supplementary to the Preface
Dedication, prefixed to the Edition of 1815
Preface to the Edition of 1815
POEMS WRITTEN IN YOUTH.
Of the Poems in this class, "THE EVENING WALK " and " DESCRIPTIVE SKETCHES" were first published in 1793. They are reprinted with some alterations that were chiefly made very soon after their publication.
This notice, which was written some time ago, scarcely applies to the Poem, "Descriptive Sketches," as it now stands. The corrections, though numerous, are not, however, such as to prevent its retaining with propriety a place in the
class of Juvenile Pieces.
FROM THE CONCLUSION OF A POEM, COMPOSED IN ANTI
CIPATION OF LEAVING SCHOOL.
DEAR native regions, I foretell,
Thus, while the Sun sinks down to rest
WRITTEN IN VERY EARLY YOUTH
CALM is all nature as a resting wheel.
In thoughtless gaiety I coursed the plain, And hope itself was all I knew of pain; For then, the inexperienced heart would beat At times, while young Content forsook her seat, And wild Impatience, pointing upward, showed, Through passes yet unreached, a brighter road. Alas! the idle tale of man is found Depicted in the dial's moral round; Hope with reflection blends her social rays To gild the total tablet of his days; Yet still, the sport of some malignant power, He knows but from its shade the present hour.
*These lines are only applicable to the middle part of that lake.
In the beginning of winter, these mountains are frequented by woodcocks, which in dark nights retire into the woods.
But why, ungrateful, dwell on idle pain? To show what pleasures yet to me remain, Say, will my Friend, with unreluctant ear, The history of a poet's evening hear?
When, in the south, the wan noon, brooding still, Breathed a pale steam around the glaring hill, And shades of deep-embattled clouds were seen, Spotting the northern cliffs with lights between; When crowding cattle, checked by rails that make A fence far stretched into the shallow lake, Lashed the cool water with their restless tails, Or from high points of rock looked out for fanning gales;
When school-boys stretched their length upon the green;
And round the broad-spread oak, a glimmering
In the rough fern-clad park, the herded deer
And its own twilight softens the whole scene,
* The word intake is local, and signifies a mountai
+ Ghyll is also, I believe, a term confined to this cou try: ghyll, and dingle, have the same meaning.
The reader who has made the tour of this country, w recognise, in this description, the features which chara terise the lower waterfall in the grounds of Rydal